Jesus made the children’s day by showing His love for them.
“He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” Mark 10:16
13 They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them. 14 But when Yeshua saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for God’s Kingdom belongs to such as these. 15 Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive God’s Kingdom like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” 16 He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10:13-16
We who follow Jesus show our love for our children and grandchildren and one another in the same way.
Our Children have grown up hearing us bless God before we eat with a blessing similar to this: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah. The One having blessed us in the Messiah with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.”
Our children have heard us give thanks to God after we eat with a thanks similar to this: “Father God, we thank you for life and food and health in Messiah Jesus.”
Jesus presented a live example of why we bless God and thank God.
Just prior to blessing the little children, Jesus taught His disciples and us we must have child-like disposition and character in order to enter the kingdom of God.
1 In that hour the disciples came to Yeshua, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
2 Yeshua called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them 3 and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a huge millstone were hung around his neck and that he were sunk in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:2-6 Cf. Mk 9:34-37; Mk 10:15; Lk 18:17; 1Co 14:20; 1Pt 2:2
Kretzmann “As children they must become, in simplicity of faith, in unqualified acceptance of Bible-truths, in trusting humility. In the proper relation of a child toward his parents, all self-consciousness, all. forwardness, all arrogance is absent. Instead, there is a simple, unswerving belief in the truthfulness, in the ability, and in the care of the parents. This same condition of mind and heart is necessary in disciples of Christ if they wish to enter into the kingdom of heaven. There must be no considering of honor and glory before men, no false ambition, no scheming for power, all this being contrary to the spirit of Jesus Christ. Do not think, as Luther says, about becoming great, but about becoming small. The elevation will come in due time, if you but practice humiliation first. To become humble as a little child, that is true greatness in the kingdom of heaven, not only to feign humility by symbolic acts and dresses, whose very unusualness makes them doubly conspicuous, for the latter may be the very essence of pride.
“As though He (Jesus) would say: I see that your carnal mind is not affected by mere words; therefore I present this child to you, in order that ye may afterward and always think of it. Behold, here is a child! Now tell Me whether it is prepared for a worldly or temporal kingdom, of which you undoubtedly dream. That would be a poor kingdom, yea, none at all, which would be ruled by this child. But now, as much as this child is prepared to rule a worldly kingdom, so foolish it is to think that My kingdom is of this world. For the kingdom which I begin is of such a nature that all worldly-wise understand much less of it than this child may understand of a worldly kingdom. Therefore the idea and the thought of a worldly kingdom must be laid aside entirely if ye want to speak of My kingdom. For My kingdom will be of such nature that ye must become children in it, that permit themselves to be ruled, but do not rule in their own person, just as this child in the worldly kingdom does not rule, but is ruled.” Luther
“Jesus now turns the argument slightly, in order to emphasize the importance of properly appreciating the souls of children. Whosoever, every one that accepts, receives like a true father, with all the evidences of such regard, even a single little child of this kind in the name and for the sake of Jesus, receives the Lord Himself, in and with the child. Every one that, for love of Christ, shows such Christ-like kindness to poor, forsaken children, has the promise that he, in doing so, receives Christ Himself, and with Christ His Father in heaven. Kretzmann
Mark 9:33-37 He came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them,
“What were you arguing among yourselves on the way?”
But they were silent, for they had disputed with one another on the way about who was the greatest. He sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them,
“If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
He took a little child and set him in the middle of them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one such little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, doesn’t receive me, but him who sent me.”
All Scripture quoted is from the World Messianic Bible.
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